Mike Rowe Is Ready to Hit the Dirt with Caterpillar® Customers and Dealers

August 18, 2010 at 3:31 PMRing Power

The Dirty Jobs creator and star is teaming with the company to showcase Caterpillar Customers, Dealers and Employees.

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Caterpillar Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines, has announced that it is partnering with Mike Rowe, the creator and star of the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs and founder of mikeroweWORKS.com. With Mike’s dedication to the trades and Caterpillar’s commitment to its customers, the two have joined forces to highlight the important and essential work Caterpillar customers perform everyday.

Rowe will be spending time with Caterpillar customers and dealers to get a real world perspective on their jobs and how the two partner to be successful. These encounters will be featured on cat.com and at Cat Dealerships across the country and will be used to demonstrate the solutions that Cat Dealers provide their customers throughout the lifecycle of their equipment, highlighting their superior parts and service support.


“When hard work is being performed and progress is being made, Mike wants to be in the thick of it, so teaming with him is an absolute perfect fit,” said Denny Vosberg, Caterpillar Parts and Service Support Manager. “Our dealer personnel are the best in the world and have been supporting our customers with their critical work for generations. Now is the time to shine a light on it and Mike is going to help us with that.”

Rowe, who calls himself a perpetual apprentice, has performed more than 300 jobs in locations around the country via his show, Dirty Jobs, which is currently one of the Discovery Channel’s most popular programs. Mike is also the creator of mikeroweWORKS.com, a website dedicated to and for people in the trades to meet, discuss relevant topics and learn what is the latest in the industry. He says his partnership with Caterpillar was “inevitable” because the two share the same work philosophy.

“I see Cat equipment and the hard working people operating it around the world, building and creating infrastructure,” said Rowe. “I’m excited to go beyond the machine and talk with the people who are actually making it happen.”

Click to learn all about Mike Rowe, Caterpillar and Ring Power Corporation.

From paving contractors throughout the state to the forests of Northwest Florida to the mines in central Florida, Ring Power is there supporting Florida's contractors and tradesmen with quality Cat parts and dependable service for their heavy equipment, both large and small. Ring Power is North and Central Florida's Caterpillar dealer and headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. We provide contractors in Brooksville, Daytona, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Perry, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and Tarpon Springs with parts and service for all types of heavy equipment and construction equipment.

About mikeroweWORKS
mikeroweWORKS is a PR campaign for hard work and skilled labor. Its purpose is to call attention to the growing skills gap in the trades while providing a comprehensive resource for anyone looking to investigate a career in those vocations, as well as focus the country on the very real issues facing our trade workers and farmers. In addition to the trade resource center, Mike has established the mikeroweWORKS Foundation to help fund scholarship programs and other initiatives that reinvigorate Trade School enrollments and industrial arts programs around the country.
 

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Ring Power’s Caterpillar Construction Equipment Builds New Jacksonville Jaguars Practice Field

August 16, 2010 at 10:10 AMRing Power

The Cat Rental Store® Provides Earth Moving Equipment for Jaguars’ Practice Field Replacement  Ring Power Cat Bulldozer levels Jaguars' new playing field

When the Jacksonville Jaguars® decided to change their third practice field from astro-turf to real grass, they knew they had a complicated project on their hands. The full-size astro-turf practice field was seldom utilized, while the two other grass fields were taking a beating, even with diligent, daily maintenance. So the decision was made to put in another grass field and lessen the daily wear and tear on the other two fields. That’s when the Jaguars called Laser Turf Leveling, a Ring Power Cat Rental Store customer, for help.

Laser Turf Leveling specializes in professional sports turf from golf greens to football fields. Ring Power’s Cat Rental Store provided equipment every step of the way for this exacting project in downtown Jacksonville. Laser Turf Leveling’s Ron Butler explained, "CAT is always our first choice for rental equipment. They are quality machines and more reliable than anything else. I love the service that comes with renting from Ring Power: they come right out any time I need them and if they can’t fix it quickly enough in the field, they swap it out immediately." It is always Ring Power’s goal to keep our customers up and running.

There is an incredible amount of work put into landscaping a football field. Believe it or not, much of this work occurs under ground level. Percolation and drainage are major concerns, meaning that everything below the grass you see is carefully designed as well. For the Jaguars’ new practice field, Laser Turf Leveling used rock, gravel and sand to create the playing field strata. In all, the project required 2,500 tons of sand and a four inches thick layer of rock equaling 1,000 tons. Their state-of-the-art laser technology allows them to guarantee consistent grading results that adhere to NFL specifications. The new grass that grows on top is a Bermuda variation and is grown in Foley, Alabama. Just one practice field required 70,000 square feet of sod rolls! The final result is a uniform football field leveled within an astounding eighth of an inch.

Jacksonville Jaguars’ Supervisor, Jesse Knapp, was also pleased, "I was amazed by how fast Ring Power’s service response was and how they kept me in the loop with every step. I appreciate that, you know I’ve got a lot of different groups needing equipment and updates, it’s nice to know exactly what’s going on. I really enjoy doing business with Ring Power, they’re a real class act." 

Ring Power enjoys doing business with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Laser Turf Leveling, too! The Jacksonville Jaguars have been hard at work practicing for the 2010-2011 football season on their new field. Ring Power and The Cat Rental Store are proud to help construct the foundation for our very own NFL team’s practice field. As they say, "Practice makes perfect!" Here’s to a winning season - Go Jags!

Ring Power’s The CAT Rental Store offers daily, weekly and monthly rentals of construction, agricultural, earth moving, utility, forestry, material handling and aerial equipment. The CAT Rental Store is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida with branch locations in Brooksville, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Lake City, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tarpon Springs.

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida's Caterpillar dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, with branch locations in Brooksville, Daytona, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Perry, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and Tarpon Springs. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 45 years of experience servicing and supporting Caterpillar and allied equipment.

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CAT Rental Store Construction Equipment Work Tool Attachment Advantages

August 13, 2010 at 9:19 AMRing Power

Ring Power CAT Rental StoreWork tools  for your compact construction equipment can help you stay on budget.

Renting work tool attachments is a good way to stretch your budget—and the versatility of your construction equipment. Not only do they get the job done; they don’t have to be stored!

Here are a few work tools that you might consider renting from Ring Power’s Cat Rental Store:

Backhoe work tools expand skid steer loader capabilities with a side-shifting backhoe arm that eliminates the need to transport an additional machine to the jobsite and freeing the machine for work on other projects.

Hydraulic hammers turn skid steers, backhoe loaders and small hydraulic excavators into pulverizers to break up concrete, asphalt and large rocks for easier removal from the job site, or to allow access to buried utilities. CAT Skidsteer with Hammer Attachment

Pickup, utility and angle brooms help skid steer, backhoe and wheel loaders remove dirt, rocks and gravel from sidewalks, roads and parking lots.

Multi-purpose buckets are hinged to help a variety of construction machines scrape, scoop, grapple and dig.

Grapple buckets are made to handle large, irregularly shaped items such as tree stumps or storm debris.

General-purpose buckets are good for digging, grading, loading and material handling tasks.

Side-dump buckets help meter out materials evenly and load trucks in confined spaces.

Ditch-cleaning buckets keep excavators dry with drainage holes that retain the solid material and allow water to run off.

Light material buckets handle loosely packed materials like wood chips or mulch.

Compactor plates help hydraulic excavators compress dirt or pack down gravel prior to pouring sidewalks placing foundations.

Thumb attachments expand a backhoe loader’s ability to move and carry irrigation pipe, fallen tree limbs, or other large objects.

Cold planers help skid steer loaders mill road surfaces to a desired level prior to resurfacing and can also remove traffic lane stripes.

Wheel Saws allow skid steer loaders to cut through concrete.

Augers in a wide range of bit sizes help speed up tree planting and fence post installation.

Landscape tillers help skid steer loaders break up hard-packed soil for seeding or sod placement.

Landscape rakes help skid steer loaders remove rocks from tilled soil.

Mulchers and brushcutters help cut and shred vegetation from overgrown areas and undergrowth from forested terrain.

Trenchers cut a neat, narrow trench with minimal disturbance to the surrounding soil.

Ring Power can help you get more out of your machines and stay within your budget. Call your Cat Rental Storerepresentative to discuss how work tool rental might best suit your needs.

Ring Power’s The CAT Rental Store offers daily, weekly and monthly rentals of construction, agricultural, earth moving, utility, forestry, material handling and aerial equipment. The CAT Rental Store is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida with branch locations in Brooksville, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Lake City, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tarpon Springs.

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Imperial Dust Control Water Tanks Now for Sale and Rent

June 30, 2010 at 10:45 AMRing Power

The CAT Rental Store and Ag Division Now Carrying Imperial Water Tanks

The Cat Rental Store is excited to announce that a new line of water trucks and water tanks will now be a part of their fleet and available for rent, lease or purchase. Imperial Industries Incorporated’s Water Tanks meet your demand for 'dust control' excellence. When it comes to keeping dust where it belongs, nothing short of a rainstorm can compare to Imperial Dust Control Tanks. The Cat Rental Store supplies Top-Fill water tankers with a 4,000-gallon capacity that can be pulled behind or truck-mounted. Whether you need dust control for your smaller construction sites, Imperial Pull Behind Water Tankor large scale erosion control for your agricultural fields, Imperial promises versatility, convenience and strength built into every tank. The proud tradition continues!

Imperial Dust Control Tanks Top-Fill Specifications

Standard Features:

  • Heavy duty rectangular A-frame on Pull-Behinds to withstand heavy field use
  • Steel elbow and pipe
  • Heavy duty front mounted hi-volume pump
  • Adjustable spread pattern
  • Reversible splash plate
  • Control valves
  • Liquid level indicator easily seen from tractor seat
  • 35" Top load port with safety grid
  • 3" Intake
  • 3" Discharge with ¾" hose connection light kit
  • Central grease banks
  • Tandem walking beams
  • Adjustable undercarriage 55/45 offset spindles
  • Swivel hitch
  • Float level indicator
  • Fully adjustable spray nozzles
  • Side ladder

For more information about Imperial Industries Incorporated, please visit http://imperialind.com/. Imperial Industries Incorporated is based out of Wausau, Wisconsin and has been manufacturing custom tanks for 29 years.

Ring Power’s The CAT Rental Store offers daily, weekly and monthly rentals of construction, agricultural, earth moving, utility, forestry, material handling and aerial equipment. The CAT Rental Store is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida with branch locations in Brooksville, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Lake City, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tarpon Springs.

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New Rough Terrain Forklift Line for Rent in Florida

June 23, 2010 at 2:40 PMRing Power

Ring Power Adds Master Craft All-Terrain Forklift to Cat Rental Store Product Line-Up Master Craft All Terrain Forklifts

Ring Power announces the addition of the Master Craft MC-08-2137 Rough Terrain Forklift to it's fleet of construction equipment. The MC-08-2137 is a straight mast, all-terrain forklift comprised of more than 70 percent Caterpillar® parts. The carriage of this 8,000-lb., C-series machine is literally a straight mast forklift mounted on a backhoe loader. The MC-08-2137 forklift runs on the powertrain and axles of a Cat 416E backhoe loader. The Cat Rental Store will carry these rugged forklifts in four-wheel drive only, to complement the rest of the compact construction equipment offered for sale and rent. Click to request a quote on the sale, lease or rental of a rough terrain forklift. 

Master Craft is a family-owned, rough-terrain forklift manufacturer headquartered in Tifton, Ga., whose sales account for 11 percent of the rough-terrain forklift market. Master Craft has been a business partner with Caterpillar for more than 10 years. Visit mastercraftforklift.com for more information about this Cat family machine. Line of  Master Craft Rough Terrain Forklifts

Ring Power’s The CAT Rental Store offers daily, weekly and monthly rentals of construction, agricultural, earth moving, utility, forestry, material handling and aerial equipment. The CAT Rental Store is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida with branch locations in Brooksville, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Lake City, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tarpon Springs.

 

 

 

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Oil Analysis Program Keeps Engine and Systems in Top Condition

June 2, 2010 at 10:19 AMRing Power
Oil Analysis and fluid testing is the most reliable way to see what's going on inside your construction machinery, engine and hydraulic systems.

Ring Power’s Fluid Analysis tests and analyzes oil, hydraulic fluid and coolant to help keep your systems running at peak performance.  oil sampling and oil analysis testing

Ring Power’s Scheduled Oil Sampling, or S•O•S, monitors the overall health of your engine, hydraulic system, and cooling system. Our Lab performs a series of tests on oil, hydraulic fluid, and coolant to detect problems early and reduce or prevent unnecessary repairs. Machine fluid testing helps to avoid costly repairs, helps keeps operating costs lower and keeps you more profitable.

A regularly scheduled oil analysis and sampling of fluids can:
• Report condition of oil
• Detect machine problems early
• Predict necessary repairs
• Reduce unscheduled equipment downtime
• Reduce unnecessary repairs
• Minimize repair time costs
• Manger repair budgets
• Improve record keeping
• Increase trade-in value

After receiving the oil, hydraulic fluid or coolant sample(s), each is thoroughly tested and analyzed. Ring Power’s Fluid Analysis Lab provides a detailed report of the analysis, along with maintenance suggestions and recommendations once the samples are processed. Machine or engine samples needing attention will be communicated immediately by e-mail, fax, and/or phone.

Equipped with all the latest spectrascopes, inductors, gauges and computers, our Fluid Analysis Laboratory ranks as one of the best in the nation.

Exclusive tests include:
• Wear Metal Rate Analysis measures 14 wear metals in ppm.
• Physical Properties of fluids for Engines, Hydraulics and transmissions: Water, Fuel (engine diesel only), glycol (antifreeze), and viscosity
• Non-engine compartment fluid particle counts and particle analysis: ISO Code levels

Other available tests include:
• Total base number
• Totals acid number
• Diesel fuel or gasoline condition
• Water and coolant analysis, levels 1 and 2

Contact us at the link below to order your oil analysis kit or phone the Ring Power Fluid Analysis Lab, located in Tampa, Florida, at 813-671-3700 or in St Augustine, Florida, 904-737-7730. Or use our Lab's email address: SOS.Lab@ringpower.com

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida's Caterpillar dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, with branch locations in Brooksville, Daytona, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Perry, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and Tarpon Springs. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 45 years of experience servicing and supporting Caterpillar and allied equipment.

 

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Potato Farm In Hastings, Florida Loves Challenger Tractors

May 27, 2010 at 11:39 AMRing Power

Bulls Hit Ranch & Farm Explains Why They Prefer Challenger Agricultural Equipment Challenger Tractor Harvesting Potatoes

Just past the aptly named, Spuds, Florida on Highway 207 in Hastings, Florida, you’ll find the Bulls Hit Ranch and Farm. This cleverly named tuber farm has been harvesting spuds for forty years. Thomas R. Lee, Sr. began by farming for someone else by day, and leasing a separate plot of land and growing potatoes for himself at night. The farm has since grown to encompass 500 acres in the Hastings area. Bulls Hit grows red and table-stock potatoes.

If you have bought potatoes from a Publix or Walmart in Florida, chances are, you have eaten one of the Lee’s potatoes! The Bulls Hit Ranch is a full family affair, three generations of Thomas Raymond Lee’s work on the farm. And all three generations agree that their Challenger tractors are the best in their fleet. Thomas “Tater” Lee, Jr. said, “I really like the machine, but I really love the service. If anything happens, Ring Power comes right away. I’ve never not had them come out, they have always been there for us”. Service like that is important when you only have eight weeks for your entire harvest.

Downtime is not an option for potato farmers; machines have to be up and running 24 hours a day. Tater Lee recalled, “One time I had the hood on one of my Challenger machines up, checking the oil, and I’ll be darned if my Ring Power field technician didn’t see it from the highway and pull into the farm just to see what was wrong!” Ring Power is proud of our Customers First reputation and works hard to keep those potato farmers happy!

Ring Power supplys Florida and the southeast with the best farm tractors, agricultural products, farm equipment, attachments and implements. Ring Power also carries a selection of used tractors and previously owned farm equipment. For more information about Ring Power's Agricultural division, please visit ringpowerag.com .

 

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Burton, Cat Racing Team Score Third-Place Effort In Sprint Showdown

May 25, 2010 at 9:59 AMRing Power
Cat Racing Team scores third-place

Driving a special-themed Caterpillar Chevy Impala, commemorating Dale Earnhardt’s induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Jeff Burton and the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing team overcame a 17th-place starting position to finish third in the annual Sprint Showdown 40-lap event. 

The race, which precedes the yearly All Star event, consists of two 20-lap segments where both green flag and caution laps count toward the first 20 laps, followed by another 20 laps where only green-flag laps are scored.Cat Racing

Friday’s opening day gave the 29 entries an 80-minute practice session so they could fine tune their race cars for Saturday night’s contest. The Todd Berrier-led team meticulously used every second of the session and when it was all said and done, the Cat Racing team was listed second on the scoreboard.

Later that night, Burton was slated to roll of the grid 17th in the qualifying session and toured the 1.5-mile oval fast enough to position himself right behind the provisional pole sitter. But, with four cars left to make qualifying runs, Mother Nature swarmed the Concord area and delayed the time trials session for rain. Track-drying efforts, coupled with a race against the clock to get the Camping World Truck Series race in, forced NASCAR officials to cancel the Sprint Showdown qualifying session and set the starting lineup based on qualifying order.

Despite starting deep in the field, Burton & Company were overall pleased with the performance of the Caterpillar Chevy in Friday’s practice session and hoped that it would translate over to the 40-lap brawl.

The RCR entry did not disappoint.

The veteran driver moved into 12th just two laps in, 10th on lap six, and cracked the top five at lap 12.

Tussling with a machine that was tight through the middle of the turns and loose on the exits, a caution on lap 17 provided an opportunity for Berrier to summon Burton to pit road where the veteran crew chief called for a two-tire pit stop that included air pressure adjustments.

Restarting fourth, the 21-time Sprint Cup Series race winner narrowly missed a three-car racing incident that placed him fifth for a 19-lap shootout.

The South Boston, Va., native traveled to fourth on lap 23 and into third on the ensuing lap, where he spent the remaining laps trying to reel in the second-place car. But, the handling on the Caterpillar Chevy shifted to the tight side in the closing circuits and Burton couldn’t make up any time on the frontrunners, taking the checkers third.

Martin Truex Jr. captured the win while Greg Biffle crossed the line second, posting finishes that allowed both drivers to transfer into the All Star Race. Burton, Paul Menard and Marcos Ambrose rounded out the top-five finishers.

Burton’s RCR teammate Clint Bowyer retired to the garage early after making contact with the wall, resulting in a 23rd-place finish.

Fellow stablemate Kevin Harvick competed in the All Star Race where he finished sixth.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing continues at Charlotte Motor Speedway next weekend for its annual longest race on the 2010 circuit. Flag-to-flag coverage of the Coca-Cola 600 will take the green flag Sunday, May 30, beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The race will be televised live on FOX and broadcast on the Performance Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the 13th points-paying race on the 2010 schedule will be telecast live on SPEED Thursday, May 27 beginning at 7 p.m. EDT.

Race/Date:  Sprint Showdown on May 22, 2010
Location:  Charlotte Motor Speedway – Concord, N.C.
Start Position:  17th
Finish Position: Third   

Points Position: Eighth – Maintained position, non-points event

Ring Power's virtual storefront, storefront.ringpower.com, has a great selection of Cat Racing apparel, Caterpillar scale models, Cat Racing t-shirts, Cat hats and more. Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida's Caterpillar dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, with branch locations in Brooksville, Daytona, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Perry, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and Tarpon Springs. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 45 years of experience servicing and supporting Caterpillar and allied equipment.

Affordable Professional Machine Re-Painting

May 18, 2010 at 4:07 PMRing Power

Ring Power Paint Shop Can Paint Any Make Or Model Machine in Any Color Sandblasting a bulldozer blade

Ring Power Corporation is proud of its professional, state-of-the-art, full service paint finishing facilities. Help restore and protect the value of your equipment with a reasonably priced, high-quality factory finish. Your equipment, whether it’s a bulldozer, truck, tractor, boat, crane, missile carrier or torpedo launcher- will be pressure washed, sandblasted, primed and painted with the utmost care and returned to you quickly, looking almost better than the day you bought it.

When you bring a piece of heavy construction equipment to Ring Power for painting, your machine will be thoroughly pressure washed and sandblasted. Any body work or metal fabrication needed will be completed. Afterwards the entire machine is primed and painted. Lastly, any decals or graphics will be applied.

There are many advantages to using Ring Power’s Paint Shop:

-Ring Power’s paint shops are separate from the rest of the buildings and are equipped with heated paint booth and sandblasting booths

-The paint shop is capable of refinishing all kinds of products, not just heavy equipment.

-Sandblasting is done using high-quality red garnet material. This removes old paint with superior etching for better paint adhesion.

-Expert masking and taping protects machine parts that do not need to be painted

-More than 8,000 colors to choose from with color matching to more than 50 common industry colors available the same day

-Custom Corrosion Protection Packages available

-Paint booths accommodate pieces up to 60’ long and 20’ wide

-Ring Power employees work in multiple shifts for a quick turnaround

For more information or a free estimate call any of the following Paint Shop locations: Before and After Machine RePaint

St. Augustine: 904.201.7464

Palm Bay: 321.952.3001

Ocala: 352.732.2800

Orlando: 407.855.6195

Tampa: 813.671.3700

  

Florida's Largest Peanut Farmer Prefers Challenger Agricultural Equipment

May 17, 2010 at 9:18 AMRing Power

Gene Waldron Explains Why He Chooses Challenger over John Deere Tractors Gene Waldron Shows Famous Green Peanuts

"God first, family second and farming third." These are words Mr. Gene Waldron (of Waldron Farms’ green peanut fame) lives by. He says, "It really is just that simple."

Waldron’s journey as a peanut farmer began fifty years ago. He quit school and went to work farming at the age of fifteen. He began with one hundred acres of peanut fields in 1959. He would sell these peanuts to the Jacksonville Farmers Market by way of a neighbor’s truck and a borrowed tank of gas. Waldron recalls, "My neighbor had a truck he said he’d sell me for sixty-five dollars. I said, ‘Okay, I’ll buy the truck, but can I borrow five dollars for gas?’" At fifteen, he then drove without a driver’s license from Citra, Florida up to Jacksonville to the Farmers Market. He did this for two weeks and the following Monday returned to his neighbor to repay him for the truck and the gas money. And that’s where it all began.

Fast-forward fifty years and Gene Waldron now farms 7,000 acres of peanuts across the state of Florida. He owns 3,200 acres near Citra and leases the remaining land farther south where he has a longer warm season for growing. Waldron Farms are particularly well known for their "green" peanut. The green peanut has reached its full maturation size, but is not allowed to completely dry out. This creates a taste that most peanut connoisseurs prefer. Green peanuts are also harder to come by; because they are not completely dried out and cured like dry-roasted peanut varieties they have a shorter shelf life. Most green peanuts are eventually boiled to become the southern road-side snack favorite "boiled peanuts". During Waldron’s busy months, they produce 5,000 bushels of green peanuts a day. Waldron sells these peanuts from as far south as Homestead, Florida, to as far north as Boston and Canada and all the way out to Texas.

The interesting thing about Gene Waldron is that he used to be a John Deere dealer. He owned Marion Tractor and then Green South with locations in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. So how did this John Deere aficionado become a Ring Power customer? Challenger tractors. Waldron has a fleet of thirty-six agricultural tractors. Of these, his favorite are the four Challengers he bought from Ring Power. The Challengers are his favorite for a very simple reason: they save him money. And a lot of it. Waldron said that he can run a Challenger MT575B with the same horsepower as his 7820 Deere machine for twice the amount of time on the same amount of fuel. Pulling the harrows, his Deere machines have to be refueled every day. Challenger tractors only need to be refueled every two days. The Challenger tractor saves him at least fifty gallons of fuel every day. That comes out to over $23,000 worth of savings per year for just one tractor alone. Waldron says, "The savings in fuel alone makes it worth it, but it’s the service that really makes the difference."

Waldron explains that every hour a tractor isn’t Waldron Farm's Green Peanutsworking, is an hour he’s not making money. He said Ring Power’s one hour field service turn around time makes all the difference in the world. Waldron explained, "Deere never once made it out here in under an hour, even when I owned the company!" Waldron can’t afford any down time, especially during harvesting season, and that is why he relies on Ring Power’s service department to be there at a moment’s notice to get him back up and running.

Of the thirty-two Deere tractors remaining in Waldron’s fleet, he plans to keep zero. Every single one will be traded in for the Challenger equivalent as soon as the warranties run out. Waldron could not be more pleased with his Challenger machines and is happy to tell anyone about it! More Challengers mean more peanuts!

 For more information about Ring Power Corporation's Agriculture Division, please visit ringpowerag.com.